Hey folks, I joined the forum to gather some valuable insight in regards to aid my decision for a new television. In a nutshell, I have been doing solid research on TV's for a good month now. When I think I have my mind finally made up, there is something I read or hear from a review which makes me think twice. I don't think I'm any further ahead now than I was a month ago, so I'm turning to you fine folks for some helpful advice-tv shopping has suddenly gotten aggravating.
I have my mind pretty much made up on one of the following sets...I am not a gamer (or techy) of any kind and my two kids are 4 & 2 so they don't game (yet) either. The TV will be used mainly for just that...watching TV (I live in Alberta, Canada- my TV service provider is Telus and I have their "Optik" TV service). We watch lots of movies, especially animated ones for the kids on blu-ray and DVD, other kids shows which are on tv, reality tv (the Mrs.) and I watch the real "reality tv" aka: sports. I watch a lot of hockey, football (be it CFL, NFL or NCAA) and baseball. Here are the sets I am currently interested in:
1) Panasonic Viera TC-50AS630
2) LG 47LB6300
3) Sony KDL50W790/800B
4) Sony KDL48W600B
From talking to several salesmen at different electronic stores, namely Future Shop & Visions, they all have agreed on one thing-I should go with 120 hz, which is fine (I'm aware the 600B is a 60 Hz but I have read good things about it). After that, I feel like I'm being pulled in different directions. One salesman at Visions said Sony is going downhill and they have dropped them because of their poor customer service (news to me). I asked him about the Panasonic TVs and he raved about them, indicating they may have hung onto Plasma a bit too long and because of this, they lost their share in the LED market, but they still make a great tv. I asked a salesman at FS about Panasonic, he laughed and said "You're the first customer to have mentioned that company by name to me in about a year"...even though they sell them. He then didn't have great things to say about Panasonic, but yet a 3rd salesman at a 3rd electronics place also raved about them just as the one at Visions did
so I guess 2 out of 3 isn't bad. Most salesman at FS are pushing me towards the Sony's, the ones at Visions aren't really pushing one brand over the other (minus the Sony mudslinging) meanwhile all salesmen have been fairly neutral about the LG 47lb6300, but with more positive comments than negative.
One other thing that has me scratching my head is that I have read that the TV should be switched back to 60 Hz for regular and movie viewing and changed to 120 Hz for sports...do these TVs I have listed have this as an option to do so, or is it strictly displaying at 120 Hz forever?
We are on a budget and are not wanting to spend more than $900 (maybe $1000) and all these TVs are currently on sale for around that dollar figure. Based on my criteria above, any advice on why I should buy one make/model over the other?
At this moment, I am leaning slightly towards the Panasonic and LG but any help will be greatly appreciated!!
Thanks in advance...
**Forgot to mention, it will be mounted to the wall in our living room which is very naturally bright as it has a very large window (will not shine directly on the tv).